Hollywood Hills, CA (Vocus) October 22, 2010
He has lived An Extraordinary Life because of the many beautiful, wonderful, and talented world personalities he met. As he debuts into the publishing world, musician—now author—Richard Kendall shares his many personal encounters with some of the great international celebrities with the release of his new book, a memoir not of him but of these notable legends.
Some of these meetings were planned while others were totally unexpected encounters. But each singular meeting was a special experience, a treasured memory, and a unique moment in time for the author. With his highly retentive memory and personal diary-journal which he started at age fourteen until now; his extensive library of concert, recital, and opera programs which he began at age ten; and his “political scrapbook” featuring the leaders from 1945, President Roosevelt, to present, President Obama, the author is able to present factual descriptions of these memorable meetings.
For those who grew up in the ‘50s, this book will provide a nostalgic look back at happier, more secure, and less stressful times. For younger readers, it will present a glimpse of an entirely different era. As the author describes his encounters with Marian Anderson, The Beatles, Indira Gandhi, Judy Garland, John F. Kennedy, Paul Newman, Eleanor Roosevelt, Roger Wagner, Lily Pons, and more, he is not only sharing his personal sentiments, but also of the real spirits of these amazing individuals. The book contains over 50 photographs, some never seen before.
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About the Author
Richard Kendall has been truly blessed in a career that embraces a broad span of activity: accomplished classical pianist, celebrated salon pianist, teacher, vocal coach, baritone soloist, choral conductor, organist, accompanist, composer, actor, and now, a published author. Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, he grew up in Hurdsfield, North Dakota (population two hundred). He graduated from Jamestown College (North Dakota) and subsequently took graduate studies at USC and UCLA. He taught public and private school for fifteen years. Auditioned by Roger Wager, he became a member of both the Master Chorale and the prestigious Roger Wagner Chorale. A true operaphile, his personal friendships with sopranos Lily Pons and Joan Sutherland have taken him throughout the United States and Canada. A world traveler, he has visited over twenty countries. As a celebrated salon pianist, he has performed in all the top Los Angeles venues as well as in many foreign countries including India, Switzerland, and Monte Carlo. He is also a recording artist with extensive experience in radio and television. He wrote five songs for a Hollywood movie (2004) and made a cameo appearance performing his own music. In addition to his piano instruction and vocal coaching in Hollywood and Beverly Hills, he is currently a minister of music in a large church in Los Angeles and has long been considered one of the finest pianists in gospel music in Southern California. He lives in the Hollywood Hills (right under the HOLLYWOOD sign) with his two beloved cats, Missy and Moses. This is his first published book.
An Extraordinary Life * by Richard Kendall
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Publication Date: October 19, 2010
Trade Paperback; $19.99; 134 pages; 978-1-4535-9657-9
Trade Hardback; $29.99; 134 pages; 978-1-4535-9658-6
eBook; $9.99; 978-1-4535-9659-3
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